Information Security Awareness

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

With increased understanding of security awareness, you will be better able to identify a potential risk or threat and avoid becoming a victim. Challenge your security awareness knowledge with our new Love Security - Love Your Data Quiz and remember our previous quizzes offer an opportunity to test yourself on other information security topics. Don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Security News Digest and don't miss the bi-annual Security Day events hosted by the Province of British Columbia.

Visit our *NEW* Cyber Security Alerts page to stay up-to-date with recent alerts and phishing attacks.

There are a number of resources available to help explain information security best practices and how to protect yourself from a number of potential risks. The following section provides links, articles and protocols to help protect you and your information from social engineering tactics, identity theft, fraud, phishing, malware and hackers. 

In this section you will find information on:

Featured Awareness Materials and Resources

Learn how to protect yourself when active online

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips
Find out about the top 10 ways to improve your cyber security posture.

Ransomware (PDF)
Ransomware is a malicious code that is added to your computer without permission while you are online. It allows the owners of the code to seize your data and force you to pay a fee for its release. Learn how to protect yourself and what to do when payment is demanded.

Protect Your Mobile Devices (PDF)
Learn more about protecting your information with a thorough understanding of your security settings.

Password Best Practices
Learn more about creating, using and protecting your data with strong passwords – plus get up to speed with some fascinating facts.

Phishing Tips  (PDF)
Phishing is a social engineering method most frequently used by cyber criminals to capture personal and/or financial information from the unsuspecting public. Navigate our wordle and learn how to spot it and how to protect yourself.

Social Engineering  (PDF)
Social engineering is a technique that can be used to manipulate people into revealing sensitive or personal information. Learn how to protect yourself through this simple resource.

Security 101 Guidebook (PDF)
The Basics of Information Security in the Government of British Columbia: how and why to protect yourself, as well information on our best practices.

Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams

Fraud Prevention Month
Every year, several countries around the world come together for this public awareness campaign aimed at increasing fraud protection. Learn more about Fraud Prevention Month and how it can benefit you and your business.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
This Federal initiative will help you learn how to spot phishing scams and how to report them, as well as how to protect yourself against other scams and illegal activity.

RCMP Scams and Fraud
The RCMP has compiled information on identity theft, fraud and scams that are currently active and potentially dangerous. Learn how to spot scams and protect yourself against illegal activity.

Better Business Bureau's Top 10 Scams
A list of the latest and most frequent scams to be aware of and some tips to avoid them compiled by the BBB.

The Little Black Book of SCAMS
A federal guide to protection against fraud, published by the Competition Bureau of Canada.

Phone Scams – Don’t be a Victim 
A three-minute video of a real world example of how criminals target victims. Arm yourself with the information that will help you avoid becoming a victim.

Safe Computing Practices 

Simple tips and advice that will help you stay safe at home and at work.

Get Cyber Safe
This Federal website has information on how to protect your computer and personal information online.

Tip Guide: How to Protect Your Home Computer (PDF)
Learn more about information safety at home through this handy guide.

Setting up your Wireless Router (PDF)
Five blatant security mistakes you should avoid when setting up and using a wireless router.

Spyware (PDF)
Learn how to recognize it, avoid it and delete it. By understanding what spyware is, you can avoid scams and other risks.

Using A Public Computer (PDF)
Learn how to protect your personal and confidential information when using a publically share computer.

Information Access Operations
Learn more about Freedom of Information Requests and records management best practices in the Province of B.C.


Phishing is the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company or organization. Learn how to spot and protect yourself.

Phishing (PDF)
Learn more about how to spot phishing scams and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

StaySafeOnline: National Cyber Security Alliance
This resource provides more information on how to stay safe from phishing scams, with tips and advice. 

Anti-Phishing Working Group
The APWG has recent news and developments, resources and advice about phishing.

Phishing Quiz
Test your knowledge of phishing and scams through this simple and fun quiz designed to put you to the test.

SonicWALL Phishing and Spam quiz
Another quiz that will help you familiarize yourself with phishing scams. Can you spot the real thing?

Policies and Guidelines

A summary of resources that will help you learn more about how to be active online while ensuring your information is secure and safe.

Information Security Policy

Appropriate Use Policy

Working Outside the Workplace

Information Incident Management Process (including Privacy Breaches)

Social Media Safety

Social media is an amazing tool that allows you to interact directly with colleagues and followers, but it does come with some security risks. Explore these resources to learn more about how you can protect yourself online.

An Information Security Perspective on the Safe Use of Social Media: Suggestions from the CISO on Balancing Risks and Opportunities (PDF)

Safety Tips For Social Networking (PDF)
A great resource for information, tips and advice on how to securely use social media.

Top 8 Things You Should Not Give Social Networking Sites (PDF)
A quick list of what to avoid sharing on social media. By understanding what scammers are looking for, you can avoid unnecessary risk.

Child and Youth Online Safety

Learn how to keep children and young adults safe online through these resources. Understanding the importance of information security begins at an early age.

Social Smarts:  Privacy, the Internet and You 
A graphic novel created by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to help young Canadians to better understand and navigate privacy issues in the online world.  

Media Smarts - Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
Information on online privacy and social media for youth and teachers.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Resources and tip-lines for helping children affected by cyberbullying and online sexual exploitation.

The Door that's not Locked
Security information for parents, teachers and everyone else from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

Keeping Kids Safe On-line
Microsoft site "Four things you can do to help protect kids online" with information on parental controls, including Xbox.

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